You did WHAT with those trees??



blog Emrie helpingIf you ever go on a trip with Roy Danforth, you can count on having trees or fruit or seeds in your car, plane, or bicycle.  This return trip to Gamboula was no exception.  He gathered all his plants together, and the morning of our departure, he, with the “help” of our youngest granddaughter Emrie, rinsed the soil off the roots of each plant and placed them in plastic bags inside a plastic footlocker/trunk.  Some of these plants had been sent from Florida a couple days earlier, some he had brought from California with him, also a couple of days earlier.  We labelled the trunk and locked it, praying that the live plants would still be alive when we arrived on the other side of the ocean.  As soon as we got to Yaoundé, he opened the trunk and set all the plants up so they could have air, but left them with their roots in the bags.  Then upon arrival at Gamboula, his very first task, after greeting friends and unloading the truck, was to get all the plants into soil and watered. blog Roy barerootings As of today, more than two weeks later, all his plants are still alive.

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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